Arsenal vs Manchester City combined XI – who makes the cut?


With Arsenal ready to host Manchester City in a crucial encounter that could determine which way the title goes this season, we pick the combined best eleven from the clash.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Joe Hart and Cech are two of the very best goalkeepers in the league so Cech just about edges this one. The sole summer signing for Arsenal has been in emphatic form after a slightly shaky start.

Right Back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Bellerin has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season and the youngster’s performances ensure he beats veteran and former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna in this clash.

Centre Back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

The amount Arsenal fans rave about this Frenchman, you’d almost think they’re being too defensive. But it is for good reason as Koscielny has consistently proved to be a solid defender.

Centre Back: Nicolas Otamendi (Man City)

The summer signing for City has proved that it is not that difficult to adjust to the more physical Premier League. He has done a solid job at the back and ensured his hefty price tag is justified.

Left Back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City)

Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleks

This one was an absolute nightmare to pick since Nacho Monreal has done a brilliant job at left-back this season. While Monreal is better at the defensive side, the combative Kolarov is a nightmare to deal with offensively and his threat at set-pieces gives him another advantage. One of City’s unsung heroes this season, the Serbian has proved his importance to the team once again this season.

Defensive Midfield: Fernandinho (Man City)

The Brazilian is enjoying his best season till date and with Francis Coquelin out injured, pretty much picks himself in the combined eleven.

Centre Midfield: Yaya Toure (Man City)

Toure has once again become his menacing self after the dip in form last season. He might make work for Fernandinho a little more because he contributes little in defence, but he does his best work from the deep where he can exploit little spaces given.

Right Winger: Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Had Alexis Sanchez been fit, he would have made the cut but with the Chilean out, Sterling slots into the right wing position. To be fair to Sterling, he has played up to his potential since his big-money move to City and has four goals and three assists in the league so far.

Attacking Midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)


The German has been Arsenal’s best player this season and has two goals and an astonishing 13 assists in the league. After listening to so much criticism in his first two seasons, the German is finally looking like his menacing Real Madrid self.

Left Winger: Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)

The summer signing has enjoyed a wonderful start to the season and has failed to start in only two league game since his arrival. The Belgian has scored four and has six assists in the league.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Man City)

While Olivier Giroud is in prolific form at the moment, even a half-fit Aguero is indispensable in the City team. The Argentinian has the ability to create something out of absolutely nothing and has been the best forward in the league for a while now with only Luis Suarez being his serious competition when the Uruguayan played for Liverpool

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